Village of Montour Falls, NY
Schuyler County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Montour Falls 5-6-1991 by L.L. No. 1-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 108.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 147.
Zoning — See Ch. 160.
The Board of Trustees finds that the accumulation of inoperable motor vehicles (commonly called "junk motor vehicles") on premises wherein the keeping or storage thereof is not otherwise authorized is an unsightly threat to the devaluation of property values, a potential safety hazard for children, a source of annoyance to neighboring property owners, a general public nuisance and a threat to the environment. Accordingly, the Board declares that the accumulation of such junk vehicles constitutes a threat to public health and safety sufficient to invoke its police power in the termination thereof by adoption of this chapter for enforcement in the criminal courts and by way of injunctive relief, or both.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLES
A motor vehicle which does not currently display both a validly issued license plate evidencing such vehicle's current registration and a currently valid safety inspection sticker. The fact that such a vehicle is capable of locomotion shall not affect its inclusion within this definition. Inoperable motor vehicles shall not include bona fide snow removal equipment incorporating permanently installed, chassis-mounted plows or salt/sand spreaders.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999; 7-16-2007 by L.L. No. 5-2007]
MOTOR VEHICLES
All vehicles propelled by a means other than muscular power and intended for use on public highways as defined in § 125 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
PREMISES
Any location within the Village, including the public streets and public parking lots.
UNAUTHORIZED ACCUMULATION OF INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLES
The keeping or storage of such a vehicle upon premises anywhere within the Village of Montour Falls, except where such keeping or storage is:
A. 
On the premises of a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles registered motor vehicle repair shop or a public gasoline/service station, provided that such repair shop or gasoline/service station is permitted under Chapter 160, Zoning, and such other state laws and regulations as may apply thereto; provided further, however, that the number of inoperable motor vehicles on any premises excepted under this subsection or Subsection B below shall be limited to two.
B. 
On the premises of a licensed automobile dealer when the location of such dealer premises is permitted under Chapter 160, Zoning.
C. 
In a permanent building.
D. 
On the grounds of an industrial facility in an industrial district or existing as a prior nonconforming use.
[Amended 8-21-1995 by L.L. No. 4-1995]
E. 
A junkyard licensed by the Village in accordance with § 136 of the General Municipal Law.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other entity, either as owner, lessee or occupant or otherwise, to cause or permit the unauthorized accumulation of inoperable motor vehicles anywhere within the limits of the Village of Montour Falls.
A. 
If the person or entity responsible for causing or permitting the unauthorized accumulation of inoperable motor vehicle(s) cannot be ascertained upon reasonable inquiry, the owner of the premises whereupon such vehicle is found shall be notified to remove the same via certified mail, return receipt requested, by the Village Clerk.
B. 
If the owner of the premises shall not remove or cause to be removed the offending vehicle(s) within 72 hours of notification, such owner shall be liable hereunder.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999; 7-6-2004 by L.L. No. 2-2004]
Violators hereof shall be guilty of a violation in accordance with Penal Law § 10.00, Subdivision 3, or any amendments thereto punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 in accordance with Penal Law § 80.05, Subdivision 4, or any amendments thereto and a term of imprisonment not to exceed 15 days. Each week that such violation persists shall constitute a separate offense hereunder.
Nothing herein shall be construed as inhibiting the power of the Village to seek civil redress for violations by way of injunctive or declaratory relief or such other remedy as may lie or to proceed simultaneously by way of civil and criminal action(s) against violators.
Violators hereof shall be issued an appearance ticket by the Village Clerk returnable in the Village Court and may be prosecuted therein by the Village Attorney or the District Attorney.
Inoperable motor vehicles found within the Village streets rights-of-way or on other Village property whose owners cannot with reasonable diligence be ascertained may be treated as abandoned property under the provisions of the Personal Property and General Municipal Laws.